If you have an imperfect smile due to a chipped, discolored or misshapen tooth, do not despair. There are a couple of options to fix the problem and beautify your teeth again. The “gold standard” in covering up any unsightly issues are porcelain veneer fronts for your teeth, but if you need a more affordable option, or an interim fix while you are waiting on those veneers to be made, tooth bonding is a simple fix that only requires one visit to the dental office.
Bonding itself is a perfectly permanent solution for chipped teeth, and can last decades if well cared for, but many use it as a transitional treatment. It is done with a composite resin that is colored to match the natural coloring of your adult teeth. Then it is applied to the tooth surface to cover or conceal the problem area. Once shaped and molded to the tooth, the dentist will shine a special light upon it to activate and set the material, making it hard. Finally, it will be polished to appear identical to your other teeth.
The bond is permanent and does not require any additional care that you would not already be doing for your other teeth. Simply stay away from detrimental activities that might damage or discolor your natural teeth and you will have a beautiful, bright smile for years to come.
If you would like more information about bonding for a chipped, discolored, or misshapen tooth, call Dr. Sandra L. Parker and our helpful team at Sandra L. Parker DDS Inc. Phone: 714-289-0421, or come by our office in Anaheim, California.